Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

the fable of the homesick woman

We built a research station on our Moon… Beautiful both in design and function. And the resident scientists were also beautiful—beautiful in the way they worked.  Immersed.  Relentless.  Devoted. Nonetheless, they’d take a break occasionally and gather by the big … Continue reading

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fable of the extraordinary customer service person

This story exposes the truth of a woman… …who handled the customer service desk at a bank. Because this woman possessed extraordinary patience and diplomacy, she made that difficult job seem relatively easy. As a result, most took her for … Continue reading

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the fable of the exceptional traveler

A man once needed a hat… …and knew he could find the best in his own country— —because his country made such exceptional hats.  A country of such exceptional hats must indeed be exceptional! But he also needed a shirt. … Continue reading

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fable of the race between the workhorse and the speed horse

So why did the slow workhorse want to race the speed horse? Well, having heard the story of the tortoise and the hare, she had hope. As for the speed horse… She agreed to the contest because she wanted people … Continue reading

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fable of the hero’s return

author’s note: To be clear: the returning hero could just as well have been a heroine.  FABLE OF THE HERO’S RETURN (aka SHARING THE PRICE OF FIRE) I laid myself down on the mountain top until the thunder god finally … Continue reading

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the fable of the beautiful crow

Many or most know how the fox tricked the crow: Fox said a beautiful bird such as Crow must have a beautiful voice. He wanted to hear that voice!  He must hear that voice! Finally, Crow succumbed to Fox’s flattery. … Continue reading

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the fable of Fox’s choices

Many or most know about the fox and the sour grapes… We know how the fox leapt and leapt and leapt, but despite his fierce effort, couldn’t reach that luscious bunch of grapes dangling above him. “Those grapes are probably … Continue reading

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